Buying a Home

What to Expect When Building a New Home

December 13, 2011

Building a new home can be one of life’s most rewarding experiences, but can also be a time filled with questions. From breaking ground to moving in and getting settled, make sure you choose a builder willing to provide personal care every step of the way. It’s important that you walk away with both a home you love and a positive experience you’ll always remember. What you should know up front is that every builder has a slightly different home building process after you contract.…

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Life at Home

Easy Dinners: Barbecue Black Bean Chili

December 9, 2011

As the weather turns cold and the holidays approach, it seems that just when you need comfort food most, there’s no time to fix it. Relax! You can still enjoy a flavorful meal at the end of your busy day with this easy dinner recipe by GE®. In just 20 minutes, you could be serving up this warm, simple dish, designed to feed six. Ingredients 1 jar (18 oz.) original barbecue sauce with shredded pork or chicken 2 cans (30 oz.) black beans, drained &…

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Local Stories

Best Places to Live: Fort Collins, CO

December 5, 2011

Year after year, Fort Collins, Colorado appears on Money magazine’s list of “Best Places to Live,” and it’s not hard to see why. Twenty-nine miles of hiking and biking trails along the scenic front range of the Rocky Mountains, a quaint Old Town historic district with dozens of restaurants and shops, a growing microbrew community, and a thriving art scene are just a few of the area’s highlights. Fort Collins job market On the surface, Fort Collins seems like any other small college town: university-focused…

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Financing & Insuring

3 Ways to Make Today’s Interest Rates Work for You

November 2, 2011

1: Take advantage of lower monthly payments. If you’re considering buying a new home in the coming months, there’s one benefit to today’s low rates that can’t be ignored: lower monthly mortgage payments. To help show you the significance of current rates, let’s look at an example. The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in September 2002 had a 6.26% interest rate (HSH.com). Nine years later, in September of this year, the average 30-year fixed rate was at 4.09%. CNN reported that, according to mortgage giant Freddie…

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Local Stories

Best Places to Live: Jacksonville, FL

October 20, 2011

Maybe it’s the 80,000 acres of parkland and nature preserves, the miles of sun-drenched beaches or the outstanding air quality. Maybe it’s the world-class performing arts, the 40+ museums or the pro sports. However you slice it, Jacksonville’s unique blend of outdoor adventure and urban vitality puts it on our list of best places to live. We’re not the first to spot Jacksonville’s star qualities. The coastal metropolis was ranked one of “America’s 50 Best Cities” by Bloomberg Businessweek, #3 in Forbes‘ “Happiest Cities to…

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